MISSOULA, MT – The Adventure Cycling Association has announced the designation of 18 new US bike lanes in five states, adding 2,903 miles to the US Bike Path System (USBRS).
The new roads in Ohio, California, Indiana, Utah and Washington represent the biggest addition to USBRS to date in terms of designations count and total mileage. Two other routes in California and Florida have also been realigned to improve the cycling experience.
The new routes provide a variety of scenic cycling opportunities from the Midwest to the Northwest and Southwest.
In Ohio, connect Cleveland, Toledo, Cincinnati, and more.
In California, follow the Pacific coast from Oregon to San Francisco or drive through the High Desert State in Los Angeles.
In Indiana, drive from Indianapolis to Bloomington and beyond.
In Utah, go from the foot of the Wasatch Front to Salt Lake City and the painted cliffs and pinnacles near the Arizona border.
In Washington, ride the Rolling Palouse and Snake River Canyon.
âTwice a year, state departments of transportation play an important role in expanding America’s cycle lane system by designating new routes,â said Jim Tymon, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). âThis summer we are not only seeing the most designations in a single period to date, but we also see why it is important to make improvements to existing roads where possible.
In northern California, for example, authorities have realigned US Cycle Route 50 to take advantage of a new paved track that makes cycling in the region safer and better than ever. “
USBRS is a nationally developing network of officially recognized, numbered and signed cycle lanes, with the goal of 50,000 miles of roads connecting every state in the country.
The routes designated by USBRS help promote tourism, improve passenger experience and safety, and help build and plan other transportation facilities. All US bike lanes are designated by the state departments of transportation and approved by the AASHTO.
With the new designations, the USBRS now has 17,734 miles of routes in 31 states and Washington, DC. At least 40 states are currently developing bicycle routes in the United States.
Digital maps of all designated U.S. cycle routes are made available to the public free of charge at the Adventure cycling association website.
The Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit organization that provides the national coordination of the USBRS, partners with AASHTO to ensure that states have the resources and expertise necessary for a successful route designation. .
“With this addition of nearly 3,000 miles, the U.S. cycle route system continues to gain momentum – and the growth of the system benefits everyone who has, travels or will travel by bike,” said Scott Pankratz, director Adventure Executive. Cycling.
âAdventure Cycling Association commends our partners in the state’s Department of Transportation, who understand the role bicycle travel plays in our national infrastructure, in supporting health and wellness, transforming communities and increasing economic activity across the country. “
The highlights of the newly designated USBRS routes include:
USBR 21 (366.9 miles): From Edgewater Park in Cleveland, USBR 21 follows the Ohio through Erie Trail through Akron, Massillon, and Columbus to Cincinnati, then continues along the Ohio River to ‘in Aberdeen, with almost three-quarters of the route on off-street trails.
USBR 25 and USBR 225 (308.2 and 2.3 miles): USBR 25 begins at the Michigan border and passes through Toledo, Lima, and Dayton along segments of the Great Miami River Trail, reaches Cincinnati, and continues along the river Ohio to Aberdeen. USBR 225 is an alternate route through Piqua along the opposite bank of the Great Miami River.
USBR 30 and USBR 230 (225.6 and 78.1 miles): USBR 30 travels from the Ohio border with Pennsylvania to its border with Michigan. The route begins near Ashtabula and passes through Cleveland and Toledo, following the shores of Lake Erie and the North Coast Inland Trail. USBR 230 is a scenic alternative that continues along the shore of Lake Erie from West Cleveland through Lorain and Sandusky before joining USBR 30.
USBR 44 (196.1 miles): USBR 44 follows the Ohio to Erie Trail from Massillon, crosses Lake Charles Mill on the way to Mansfield, passes through Bucyrus and out of Lima, and reaches its end at the border of the ‘Indiana.
USBR 66 (329.8 miles): Where possible, USBR 66 typically follows historic U.S. Route 66. Beginning at the Arizona border, the route crosses the Colorado River, then follows the Highly Deserted Trails State Highway, passes through Barstow, Victorville, and San Bernardino, follows the Pacific Electric Bikeway through the eastern end of the San Valley Gabriel and reaches Los Angeles, where highlights include Olivera Street, Chinatown, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, before ending at the Santa Monica Pier.
USBR 95 (440.4 miles): USBR 95 begins at the Oregon border and mainly follows US Highway 101 and the Pacific coast to San Francisco. After passing through Crescent City, the route follows in the shade of redwoods through Eureka, reaches Mendocino, ascends and descends coastal headlands, crosses the Russian River, continues to Sausalito, crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and ends on the southern edge of San Francisco.
USBR 50: In El Dorado County, the USBR 50 has been realigned to take advantage of a newly completed segment of the El Dorado Trail.
USBR 1: In Key West, USBR 1 has been realigned to allow safer passage to the southernmost point in Florida.
USBR 235 (122.1 miles): USBR 235 is a scenic alternative to USBR 35 between Indianapolis and Seymour. From Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis, the route passes through the Indiana State Capitol and joins the White River Trail at White River State Park, opens to farmland , turns into hills near Martinsville, takes a spur to Bloomington suitable for bikes, returns to Citron Lake, and ends in Seymour.
USBR 77, USBR 677, and USBR 877 (349.8, 40.6, and 88.8 miles): USBR 77 begins at the Idaho border and passes through Logan, along the Wasatch Front from Ogden to Salt Lake City and Provo, then climbs between the mountains of the Fishlake National Forest, and continues to its end at USBR 70 in Torrey, near Capitol Reef National Park. USBR 677 is a less urban and more scenic alternative route on the west side of Lake Utah, while USBR 877 connects USBR 77 in Sigurd to USBR 79 in Panguitch.
USBR 79 and USBR 679 (269.3 and 9.4 miles): From the Nevada border, USBR 79 crosses the high desert, reaches Cedar City, ascends to the painted cliffs and pinnacles of Cedar Breaks National Monument, passes Panguitch, then descends to its end at the Arizona border, in the Navajo sandstone near Kanab. USBR 679 connects USBR 79 to US Highway 89 and USBR 70 to Duck Creek Village.
USBR 81 and USBR 281 (103.4 and 23.1 miles): USBR 81 rolls through the wheat fields of the Palouse, staying near the border with Idaho. Starting near the town of Tekoa, the route passes through Pullman, headquarters of Washington State University, then descends into Snake River Canyon to Clarkston and continues to Asotin. USBR 281 is an alternate route from Pullman through the southern expanse of the Palouse to the summit of the Columbia Plateau, connecting Idaho to north of Clarkston.
USBR 40 (1.9 miles): USBR 40 is a small start to a route that will eventually stretch for 400 miles through Washington. It currently begins at the Idaho border and ends in Tekoa.
USBR 20 (77.8 miles): USBR 20 begins at the Idaho border at Clarkston and crosses the Columbia Plateau. The route follows the Snake River past the island that makes up Chief Timothy Park, ascends through hills to the summit of Alpowa, descends Pataha Creek to Pomeroy, then ascends and descends again to in Dayton, and reached Lewis & Clark State Park on the Touchet River before its end.